GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Organizers say the seriously funny LaughFest will go on this year but will go primarily virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event raises money every year to support programs for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, which offers free emotional and grief support for people and loved ones battling cancer. They are also celebrating their 20th year this year. Gilda's Club Grand Rapids opened to the public on February 1`5, 2001.
“It’s been a tough year, yet we remain ‘in this together’ and look forward to delivering smiles in a new way to West Michigan and beyond in 2021,” said festival director Joanne Roehm. “Our goal is to retain the spirit and community impact of the festival while providing a unique celebration as part of Gilda’s Club’s 20th year of operations."
Organizers say there are 30 events scheduled and will also feature a social media component.
The public will also have the chance to participate in the Seriously Funny Adventure Challenge scavenger hunt. Teams will adhere to socially distance guidelines, but will be able to participate and tour downtown Grand Rapids over the four-day event.
“We remain committed to offering something for everyone within the festival, including family-friendly programming and clean comedy, in addition to highlighting the importance of the health benefits of laughter,” said Roehm.
LaughFest will be held March 11 through March 14.